Rise and Shine



10:15: President Obama holds a press conference

11:45: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr Jill Biden make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses



MarketWatch: In another sign of an improving deficit picture, the Treasury on Monday said it expects to pay off debt in the current quarter for the first time in six years.

In a statement, Treasury said it now expects to pay off $35 billion of debt in the April-to-June quarter, compared to an earlier projection, given in February, that it would have to borrow $103 billion.

This will be the first quarter that Treasury has paid off debt since April-to-June period 2007.

More here



ThinkProgress: Over the last several days, the Syrian crisis has exploded back into the news. As the U.S. debates how to respond to the now two-year long struggle, here’s the what you need to know….

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Joe Klein (Time): A few weeks ago, I gave the President a tough time about the slow and messy implementation of his health care plan. But there’s been some progress in recent weeks – and I’m happy to pass it on.

One of the things that concerned me was the 21-page application form that was required for people to join a health care exchange …. On Tuesday morning the Administration will announce a spiffy, new three-page application for individuals. There will be a seven-page application for families (11 including the appendix), but even that one will be far better designed than the initial effort. “We did a lot of work testing words, to come up with simpler language,” an Administration official told me, “and we did time tests. Our average was seven minutes to fill out the paper version and even less if you do it online.”

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Journal Star: President Barack Obama met Monday with Jack Hoffman – the 7-year-old brain cancer patient who became a national phenomenon after running for a 69-yard touchdown in the Husker spring game this month.

…. Jack met with Obama in the Oval Office, where the president asked him to introduce his family, told him he had seen him on ESPN and was following his story, and gave him a football with the presidential seal and his autograph.

…. “It was a great visit,” said Andy Hoffman, Jack’s dad. Obama shared some of his broader visions for pediatric brain cancer research, and the visit helped further that cause, he said. “This is huge for the disease, it has never had this kind of spotlight, and that’s what excites us.”

…… Obama greeted the 7-year-old with “Hey, what’s up, Jack?” “It was unbelievable,” Andy Hoffman said. “You’re standing there talking to the president of the United States.”

Full article here



Mother Jones: Awesome Reactions to Jason Collins’ Coming Out

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Washington Post: FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.

The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor and his wife have taken that may have boosted the company, the people said.

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Daily Beast: For the first time, black turnout exceeded white turnout in 2012. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to alienate black voters. Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s self-destructive behavior.

Did black turnout exceed white turnout for the first time in history, as the Associated Press reported over the weekend, simply because a black guy was on the ballot? Look, there’s no denying Barack Obama’s presence at the top of the ticket made a substantial difference. But Obama wasn’t the only factor driving this, and I invite conservatives to deceive themselves into thinking that this is the case. Because for all this talk about a “new” GOP out to steal minorities’ hearts, the (usually white) people doing the talking seem to forget that today’s Republican Party is doing more to stop black people from voting than George Wallace ever did.

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“She went there…….”:



Wishing GoBrooklyn all the very best today for her operation.

113 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    GOTV in Massachusetts.

  2. April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning TODer’s!

    Keeping GoBrooklyn in my thoughts and prayers and that her surgery today has the results hoped for.

    Also sending positive thoughts to all TODer’s who are going through challenges – directly or indirectly, expressed or unvoiced, visible or hidden – that you may persevere and come out stronger.

  3. April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  4. April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Busy morning news day

  5. 8 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The U.S. Treasury Department may have more time than economists previously estimated before the government’s debt limit is reached as changes in tax policy and an economic rebound boost federal revenue. The date the nation hits the ceiling on borrowing could be pushed back as far as mid-September to Sept. 30 from a previous estimate of late August to mid-September, Steve Bell, senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, said in an interview. A later deadline would give Congress more time to debate lifting the cap and postpone any vote until after the August recess. President Barack Obama in February … (more)


  6. April 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    P and at’em all you O’s!!! It’s another great getting up day in the TOD house!!! Here’s to GoBrooklyn’s speedy recovery, Dudette’s continued turn around, Mr. Africa’s keeping on getting better, and anyone who may be otherwise in need of some Good Vibrations:

  7. April 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning Chips and all TOD’ers

  8. 15 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The Obama administration will unveil a more simplified application for those seeking insurance under the president’s landmark healthcare reform law, after criticisms the initial forms were too complex.
    Reports said the new form, which will be previewed on Tuesday, would be three-pages long for individuals and seven pages for families, according to reports.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/296851-report-white-house-cuts-obamacare-application-form-to-three-pages#ixzz2RxAyg4Tn

  9. 16 utaustinliberal
    April 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Whew, very busy news day but nice to wake up to good news.

    Wishing GoBrooklyn a safe and successful surgery. May she come through in the best of health.

  10. 17 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

  11. 19 utaustinliberal
    April 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

  12. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    April 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Well, today is my birthday, one I think I share with some others here, so happy birthday to all who entered this world on April 30. It’s a dreary, cloudy day, but I’m put some sunshine into it by thinking positive thoughts about GoBrooklyn and everybody else who’s hurting today. It’s good news about postponing the debt ceiling issue–monthly phony fiscal crises get very tedious. Hopefully Republicans can save their huffing and puffing for another day.

  13. April 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Lately, I am finding myself basically ignoring major networks and am depending on TOD to keep me abreast of what’s going on — especially news that’s political in nature.

    TOD blog tyrants and contributors fill an ever widening void that has been created by the self-serving agenda of the MSM. The angsts often caused by the stories CREATED by the newstainers are “gently” corrected, often with links, references, reminders, and yes, debates, that reveal truths and alternate points of view.

    Posts such as the music blogs are a bonus! 😀 I’ve said before that TOD is a full-service blog. The knowledge and experiences shared by bloggers affect us in many ways…remembering things from “back in the day”, giving us an appreciation for things we might otherwise have little or no knowledge of, and maybe even generating new interests. Newbies are made to feel welcomed by the veterans. Lurkers are acknowledged, time and again finding the courage to de-lurk.

    So Chipsticks, I again express my appreciation for this public service that you, the other blog tyrants, the resident twitterers, and posters provide.

    • 54 mtmarilyn
      April 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I so agree with you swbluega! I don’t watch any network news anymore. Can’t handle all their bs. This place is the best!

  14. 55 goldendreamer
    April 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Morning everyone! Had to wake up early to finish some hw. Sending warm wishes GoBrooklyn’s way!

  15. April 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Goooood mmmooorrnnninggg, Chips and TODville!!!!

    POTUS doing a presser!! Oh, boy – another media slap down!!

  16. 59 anniebella
    April 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Mark Sanford is a darn joke, but guess what so is Michele Bachman, Louie Gormer, and so many other crazy ass Republicans, but they keep getting elected. So don’t be so sure that the voters of S.C won’t elect that joke Mark Sanford.

  17. 60 japa21
    April 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

  18. 61 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Kristen Welker says Syria will be the number one issue? It is?
    Not to me it’s not!

  19. 62 utaustinliberal
    April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Heads Up.

  20. 63 japa21
    April 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

  21. 64 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Kristen Welker is a Tool.

  22. 66 Don
    April 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Tweety seems to think that President Obama is under some sort of unseen pressure, give me a break.

  23. 70 utaustinliberal
    April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    If Politico isn’t whining every second of every day, the sky must be falling.

    • April 30, 2013 at 10:18 am


      • 72 utaustinliberal
        April 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

        Bravo Chips. So RT’d!

        p.s. Responded to the DM. 😀

      • 74 hopefruit2
        April 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Actuallym it takes time to have the RNC talking points memo distributed, and it takes time to scan the “lefty” blogs for the latest emoprog complaints about the President. So I guess they do need at least 2 hrs to get all that taken care of! 🙂 🙂

        • 75 Lovepolitics2008
          April 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Actually, Hope, I think that you’re touching the exact reasons the WH often announces the president’s press conferences at the last minute. They don’t want the republicans to “work the field”. THey don’t want the republicans and the media to create some faux controversies that would become the center of the press conference. They want the President to be able to control the message.

    • April 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Oh Dan, stop it – just confess: The Prez had a flat tire on his unicycle riding in to the presser ….

  24. 77 Don
    April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Stop laying Tweety!

  25. 79 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The housing market is coming back, economy ready to go.

  26. 80 Ladyhawke
    April 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    On deficits, declare victory and go home

    By Steve Benen


    Washington has been stuck in the wrong conversation for so long, the political establishment no longer even realizes the “problem” they’ve emphasized has largely been solved. Instead of yet another protracted debate over which party is offering the more responsible approach to deficit reduction, I’d suggest pausing, looking around, smelling the roses, and appreciating the painfully obvious fact that deficit reduction has already been accomplished.

    Officials can declare victory and go home. There’s no need for more austerity; there’s no point in another debt-ceiling crisis; there’s no rationale for slashing public investments. While Washington wasn’t looking, the deficit was cut in half, we’re seeing the fastest deficit reduction since WWII, the Reinhart/Rogoff has been debunked, and we’ve reached the point at which the Treasury can even stop borrowing money and start paying down the debt a little.

    So, for the love of all that is good in the world, can we stop talking about deficit reduction and focus on job creation?



  27. April 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

    GM Chips, TOD. Here’s to wishing GoBrooklyn a speedy recovery…..

  28. 83 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    That about sums my feelings about the press right now.

  29. 85 utaustinliberal
    April 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

  30. April 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

  31. 92 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hummus?? Yuck! You might as well give me a bowl of shit! 😦

    • 93 sabreen60
      April 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Oh Jovie! Hummus is good depending on how you season it or what brand you buy. We have a couple of restaurants in DC/MD named “Bushboys and Poets”. They serve a delicious hummus falafel. They also have great entertainers/poets stopping by. 😀

  32. April 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    ESPN ‘Regrets’ That Chris Broussard’s Anti-Gay Comments Became a Distraction (But It Really Doesn’t) http://nym.ag/11SZC75

  33. 97 mtmarilyn
    April 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good morning TOD family, our wonderful Ms Chips, all the blog tyrants and especially gobrooklyn today. Our thoughts are with her and all those here going thru a tough time.

    This is a great R & S. Love that in spite of all that the Repubs are doing we are making headway. This is a great country. Have a great day everyone.

  34. 98 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Obama’s fault!

  35. 99 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

    So that little girl on at noon is all about war with Syria?
    Got it!

  36. April 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Happy Birthday, Jackie, may you have a gloriously happy day.

    Gobrooklyn, we are all wishing for your surgery to go splendidly and your recovery be rapid.

  37. 102 MightyPamela
    April 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Mornin’ y’all! Some snow or ice blew thru in the wee hours, sitting in pockets out there as the sun comes through to warm it up a bit. Thoughts and prayers with GoBrooklyn. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  38. 104 japa21
    April 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    • 105 HZ
      April 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

      GM, Chips and my TOD Family.

      Candles lit for Gobrooklyn. Prayers already sent forth. (((( Love to you Gobrooklyn))))HZ

      Happy Birthday to Jackie. Enjoy every moment of your special day, Jackie. (((((Lots of hugs)))))HZ

  39. April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    GoBrooklyn, prayers, love and success for your surgery today. ((((((GB)))))

  40. 108 Linda
    April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Why is Chris Matthews on live at this time of day. Also who was that reporter he was just talking to that didn’t get the memo that the debt ceiling may not be reached until early September ?

  41. April 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

  42. 113 sjterrid
    April 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I lit a candle and said a prayer for gobrooklyn. You are in my thoughts and prayers for a successful recovery.
    Happy Birthday wishes to Jackie and Theo!

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